Mike Court, McCann-Erickson’s new creative director, has raided his
former agency, Court Burkitt & Company, to snatch Nick Scott as his head
As the senior creative at Court Burkitt, Scott had been caretaking its
creative department following Court’s resignation for the McCanns job
earlier this year (Campaign, 22 August).
The arrival of Scott, 37, who is Court’s first hiring, will reunite them
as a creative team as well as being the prelude to a departmental
restructuring with the announcement of new creative group heads next
Court, who took over from Gary Betts and Malcolm Green in September,
said: ’I’m going to re-integrate the department and Nick will have a
pivotal role in this.
’For several reasons, there has been a lack of continuity here and
people have become very demoralised. I have been trying to motivate them
because there is a lot of talent at McCanns and we have to get staff
performing well. Nick isn’t just an outstanding art director, he is also
a superb judge of work.’
Court and Scott have a professional relationship going back to 1985 when
both were at the then Still Price Court Twivy D’Souza.
Scott is best known for his partnership with the writer, Richard
Spencer, which began at Still Price and con-tinued at Edwards Martin
Thornton - now Court Burkitt - where they were appointed joint creative
directors in January 1994.
Their credits included a controversial Hennes poster campaign featuring
women in provocative poses, as well as work for Mates, Virgin Atlantic
and P&O. Scott’s later pairing with Court resulted in new work for
Baileys Irish Cream and the Natural His-tory Museum.
Scott said: ’I like Mike and we work well together. I’ve always worked
in small agencies and this is a much larger job with the opportunity to
work on bigger brands.’
Pete Matthews, a former deputy creative director of Ammirati Puris
Lintas, is taking temporary charge of the Court Burkitt creative
department on a freelance basis. Hugh Burkitt, the chairman of the
agency, said he was hoping to be able to announce the name of a new
creative director soon.